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Posted November 23, 2012

Boat Show 2013

Canada’s Largest Boat Show Offers Great Family Value!

Toronto — The 55th Annual Toronto International Boat Show, Canada’s largest, marine marketplace, drops anchor January 12-20, 2013, at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. A mid-winter rendezvous tradition for the boating community, it’s your best opportunity to discover the boat of your dreams, and there’s no better time to buy! Boats for every lifestyle and budget – whether you’re a fishing, cruising, sailing, paddling, or watersports enthusiast – plus all the latest marine products and services. Put Some Summer in Your Winter and you and your family can enjoy a fun-filled day of on-water boating activities, boat rides, wakeboarding and boat-handling demonstrations on the world’s largest indoor lake for boaters and more than 140 special guest seminars. All activities FREE with admission!

When: January 12-20, 2013
Monday to Wednesday, 11am-8pm; Thursday & Friday, 11am-9pm
Saturdays, 10am-7pm; Sundays, 10am-6pm
Where: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto, ON

*NEW: ALYSON SCHAFER – Boating Provides What Every Child Needs to Succeed
A lifelong, multigenerational boater - Canadian Parenting Expert and cottager, Alyson Schafer discusses her own childhood as well as raising her children at a boat-only access cottage and how these experiences of boating have shaped her, the children and most importantly, how these combined experiences actually provide the most important goals of all children's development. In her presentation, Alyson reveals how boating provides the 4 "Crucial A's" every child needs to succeed. Don’t miss Alyson on Saturday, January 12 at 1pm.

PLUS: Confessions of Boater Mammas – Alyson Schafer, Kathy Buckworth and Maureen Dennis discuss the hidden benefits and different parenting strategies of raising kids on the water. These three prominent Canadian mommy experts and boating families share their photos, stories, tips and advice on how to make it all work. Don’t miss the Boater Mammas on Saturday, January 12 at 3pm.

*NEW: JOHN NEAL AND AMANDA SWAN-NEAL – Enjoy a free five-hour offshore cruising seminar with John Neal and Amanda Swan-Neal, who spend seven months at sea annually. Topics include boat selection; priority and optional outfitting; rigging and sails; security and piracy; and cost of cruising. This seminar is the first condensed and free version of the 147 offshore cruising seminars John and Amanda Neal have presented to 11,000 sailors since 1976. Register online at

THE LAKE: In January, there’s only one lake in Canada that can provide indoor thrills without the outside chills. Celebrating fun on the water, the world’s largest indoor lake for boaters takes over six days to create with more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water pumped into the Ricoh Coliseum! Check out The Lake webcam at in early January!

Duma: The wakeboarding, boat-driving pooch returns with another awe-inspiring, entertainment-packed show for the entire family. Duma will meet her fans for photos and more after each show, twice daily, January 18 to 20.

Wakeboard/Wakeskate Exhibition & Demonstrations: Wakeboarders and skaters crank up the volume for a spectacular show of grinds, tricks and flips. It’s an awesome display of acrobatics as pro riders hit the rails and test their skills. Or try it yourself!

Henry’s Fish House of Georgian Bay: A favourite destination for thousands of boating enthusiasts looking for a taste of summer, Henry’s returns to the Toronto Boat Show in 2013! With its licensed bar, vibrant atmosphere, plenty of seating and great food, Henry's is the ideal rendezvous point at the boat show.

Canadian Yachting’s Island Village in SailFest: Enjoy the authentic sounds and flavours of the Caribbean, while seeing the sailboats and plotting your next adventure with island representatives and charter boat companies. It’s a great spot to connect with family and friends on the dock or under a palm tree!

FREE Boat Rides: From kayaking to canoeing, paddleboats, inflatables, and hydro-bikes, The Lake welcomes all types of boaters at all levels of mastery!

FREE Seminars: More than 140 entertaining seminars with an exceptional variety of guest speakers. NEW: Pre-register at for a FREE one-day offshore cruising seminar with John Neal and Amanda Swan-Neal!

Fabulous Prize Packages: Enter online at to WIN exciting prize packages including a Girls Weekend Getaway for 6; Special Preview Night & Hotel; and a Boat Show, Toronto Raptors vs LA Lakers & Hotel Package!

$18 – General Admission (17 – 64 yrs.)
$15 – Seniors (65 yrs. & better)
$20 – Unlimited weekday evening pass (4pm – close)
$25 – Two-day Adult pass (17 – 64 yrs.)
$19 – Two-day Senior pass (65 yrs. & better)
FREE – KIDS 16 years & under when accompanied by an adult

* Buy online at and save $3/ticket until midnight January 11, 2013. Phone: (905) 951-0009

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